Each year, the concept of sustainability grows stronger at JBS, and it is being applied at various stages throughout the value chain. The purpose of sustainability at JBS is to ensure business continuity and contribute to the development of quality products and services, while also creating value for stakeholders through the promotion of social development and the reduction of environmental impacts.
To handle this issue, JBS has three executive boards that operate regionally. Located in Brazil, the United States and Northern Ireland, they are responsible for the Business Platforms of South America, North America - which also covers the operations of the Asia-Pacific Division - and Europe, respectively. Because it is a strategic business issue, the Company also has a Sustainability Committee (see link), which reports to the Board of Directors.
Material Issues for a Sustainable Global Operation
Each regional sustainability board has the autonomy to define their strategies and direct their actions in accordance with the challenges and opportunities of the respective markets in which they operate. Moreover, in order to ensure a common approach that allows for synergies and best management practices, a global sustainability program is being adopted, defined based on the information extracted from the materiality matrix of each regional operation (see link). As a result, JBS has identified five strategic and material issues, given that they are fundamental for the success of the business and highly relevant to the Company’s key stakeholders, in global terms. Within the main JBS value chains, the materiality issues are developed in different stages, based on corporate guidelines (see link).
GLOBAL MATERIAL ISSUES GRI G4-19
- Team member health and safety
- Animal welfare
- Product integrity
- Climate change
The Company is also attentive to other important issues related to sustainability, such as energy, wastewater and solid waste, which are also covered in this report.
Throughout 2015, JBS made progress in defining its global sustainability strategies and also moved forward on important issues such as activities aimed at society and its dialogue and transparency with stakeholders. With ongoing participation in the discussions of the sectors in which it operates, the Company has maintained a strong local and global influence, contributing to the proposal of new agendas (see link), focused on sustainable production and the improvement of social and environmental governance in the global food industry.